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Robert FERD Frank

Ferdworks

St. Louis, MO

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I became interested in becoming a visual artist in the year 2000. I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by many talented local artists which have been a great influence on me. My painting techniques were developed by painting on art cars and watching others paint. My photography began with the introduction of the digital age. I became fascinated the use of Photoshop and various other Apps for digital artwork. My interest with the camera came later, somewhere around 2005.

My early years as an artist were focused mainly on music. I first played trumpet in high school, and my interest changed to rock & roll after the English invasion of the Stone's and Beatles.
I played in a local band, the Aerovons, that recorded an album at Abbey Road in 1969. In the mid 70's I hooked up with John Cougar(Mellencamp), and recorded 4 albums with him as his bass player.

All of my images are taken from a gut instinct.  I see a beautiful moment, I react, and I take the picture, which can happen anywhere, anytime, and be any subject.  It could be magical light, an expression, a combination of color or shapes, a special moment in life..... 
I believe you need be in spirit of the image before the editing process begins to get the best results, otherwise the end product can turn out lifeless.  Some images are edited immediately after I shoot them... others wait until the time and energy is right.
Much of my current work is High Dynamic Range(HDR),  a process which blends multiple exposures of the same image in special software.  This is what gives my images an illustrated look.  I put the final touches to the images in photoshop.    I work intuitively, and let the process of editing the image take me where ever it takes me.  The final reward for me is the print.
I like to title my images to give the viewer an interpretive starting point and leave the rest to be interpreted.

AWARDS

2013

Winner at the 2013 6th Annual Photography Masters Cup as Merit of Excellence in the Photojournalism category.
Winner at the 2013 6th Annual Photography Masters Cup as Nominee in the Americana category. Four images won the Nominee award.

2012

Presented with “Honorable Mention in Fine Art”in the International 7th Annual Black and White Spider Awards

Presented with “Third Place Honor of Distinction in Portrait” in the International 7th Annual Black and White Spider Awards

2011

Presented with “Honorable Mention in Still Life” in the 5th Annual Photography Masters Cup International Color Awards

Presented with “Nominee in Americana” in the 5th Annual Photography Masters Cup International Color Awards

2010

Presented with “Nominee in Architecture” in the 4th Annual Photography Masters Cup International Color Awards

Exhibitions


2011 Center For Fine Art Photography Fort Collins, Colorado
Exhibition theme "BLUE" January 7 - 29

2009 Marbles Gallery Solo Exhibit "The Way I see It" 50 photographs and paintings. April 1 thru April 26
The Art of Green Crestwood Court Current
The Sheldon Gallery "24 Hour Cure"

2008 Kokemen Gallery Naughty Gras
Kokemen Gallery Tarts and Vicars
Soulard Art Factory
Venice Cafe
Clayton Gallery

2007 Venice Cafe
Gateway Gallery
Madd Aarf

2006 House of Jewels
Monarch
Art Dimension
Madd Aarf

2005 House of Jewels
Art Dimension
Crown Valley Winery
Mad Art Gallery
Madd Aarf

Public Display

St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium
Frazers Restaurant
Hilton Hotel Springfield, Illinois
Venice Cafe
Dent Squad
House of Jewels

Media

"Homeward Bound" The early years of John Cougar Mellencamp Biography Channel.

 

Blending In by Robert FERD Frank

 

Grandma's Buttons by Robert FERD Frank

 

A New Years Eave in Crestwood by Robert FERD Frank

 

Long Blue Bench by Robert FERD Frank

 

Sunset Sunflowers by Robert FERD Frank

 

Roto Bale Derby by Robert FERD Frank

 

Silent Arches by Robert FERD Frank

 

Blue Future by Robert FERD Frank

 

Beam Me Up Jack by Robert FERD Frank

 

State Fair Horse Stalls by Robert FERD Frank

 

Horse Bath by Robert FERD Frank

 

Gaudi's View by Robert FERD Frank

 

Lovers on the Bank by Robert FERD Frank

 

Ref by Robert FERD Frank

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Tools of the Trade by Robert FERD Frank

 

Hi Rise Abstract by Robert FERD Frank

 

Chicken Coop by Robert FERD Frank

 

The door is always open by Robert FERD Frank

 

St. Louis 2009 by Robert FERD Frank

 

The Colors of Decay by Robert FERD Frank

 

Barn faceoff by Robert FERD Frank

 

Old Gravois Bridge Silhoutte by Robert FERD Frank

 

Starry Starry Fly by Nite Drive Thru Liquor Store by Robert FERD Frank

 

If the Walls Could Talk by Robert FERD Frank

 

In My Room by Robert FERD Frank

 

Birth of a Roadster by Robert FERD Frank

 

No Smoking by Robert FERD Frank

 

Relieves Fatigue by Robert FERD Frank

 

Saloon by Robert FERD Frank

 

A-1 Fence by Robert FERD Frank

 

Gravois Auto Top by Robert FERD Frank

 

Uncle Bill's Pancakes by Robert FERD Frank

 

The Grove by Robert FERD Frank

 

Crestwood Bowl Restored by Robert FERD Frank

 

Crestwood Bowl by Robert FERD Frank

 

Terrace Motel by Robert FERD Frank

 

Diamond Inn Motel Sign by Robert FERD Frank

 

Skyview Drive-In Theater by Robert FERD Frank

 

Federhofer's Bakery by Robert FERD Frank

 

Johnny's Market by Robert FERD Frank

 

Phils Barbeque by Robert FERD Frank

 

Gaudi's View by Robert FERD Frank

 

A New Years Eve on Route 66 by Robert FERD Frank

 

Wet Wheels by Robert FERD Frank

 

On the Road Again by Robert FERD Frank

 

Oversized Load by Robert FERD Frank

 

Lake Street L by Robert FERD Frank

 

Storm over Chi Town by Robert FERD Frank